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and democrats can come together and reach a deal in avoiding going over the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: and why are billionaire investors warren buffett and george soros calling on congress to raise the wealth tax. we'll have that story. stay with us. even those held elsewhere, giving her the confidence to pursue all her goals. when you want a financial advisor who sees the whole picture, turn to us. wells fargo advisors. >> time is running out. >> right now the american people have to be scratching their heads when is the president going to get serious? >> washington remains at odds. >> that is a bad strategy for america. it's a bad strategy for your businesses, and it is not a game that i will play. >> but the fiscal cliff still looms. cnbc has called on lawmakers to rise would have gridlock and reach a deal. now, we're beating down their doors. live from our nation's capital, this is a cnbc special report, "mission critical, rise above d.c." >> well, the stock market riding the ups and doups of the fiscal cliff negotiations. roger altman is former treasury official under president clinton. h
? >> well, ashleigh, you described the problem, really, it's not just the immediate fiscal cliff, it's this big thing in my book, savage truth on money. i've had that book about how we really are coming to an impasse. and the only way out is economic growth. that's only way the individual family -- you know, if you have a budget problem, if you could only get a better-paying job. if someone else in your family could work, you'd solve your problems right away. the same thing for the united states economy. we need to grow. we won't grow until we have confidence. confidence for business to expand, for banks to lend, for consumers to go out and buy that new house, and we won't have that until we get congress to act. that's the critical nature of this. sure, there's a debt ceili coming up and sure there are tax increases and spending cut ifs we go over the cliff. but the bigger issue is, we're stopping ourselves from finding the solution, which is growing the economy. >> right, well, if the deficits continue to become a problem and slowing the deficits is a great solution. it's the speed
period. do the minimum that is possible now to stop us falling over the fiscal cliff, then when it comes to actual tax reform later next year, that will be the white house opportunity. democrats are saying we don't buy that. we're going to do it now, a majority. country supports us doing it and we're going to do it right now. it's a little bit the inverse of the republican argument that if we give you tax hikes now, how do we know we're getting the spending cuts later. democrats are saying the same thing, but in reverse. >> they feel they have the wind in their sails, not only because of the election, but people talk about debt ceiling being leverage. it would not be good for their party. >> that's exactly right. >> let's hear from jen first, ezra. i have a policy question for you. >> i think the debt limit is something that republicans are willing to put out there and hold over the democrats' head, as crazy as that is, but at the same time, there are a couple of dynamics, political dynamics, going on here. one, if you look at the exit polling from the election, it's not just that democr
't be surprised if we see downward revisions coming up. >> the other big story is the fiscal cliff. can you help us read the tea leaves here? this week we heard from timothy getter in, the treasury secretary. a reporter at cnbc asked if you don't get higher tax rates on the rich and republicans come up with doing away with loopholes and exceptions are you prepared to go over the fiscal cliff and he said absolutely. kpub cans with their counterproposals this week. what's behind closed doors? how do you read this? >> you know as well as i do, what happens in the public when you have intense negotiations going on is really, is no reflection of what is i going o in negotiations. i think it is important the president and white house and tim geithner think it is important to keep the possibility of going over the fiscal cliff to keep pressure the republicans and the republicans are starting to talk about the possibility of holding up the debt ceiling come january or february. that's their trump card, as well. >> you are focused on taxes. much of the conversation has been on taxes and raising rates and
supplies. send it back to you. >> thank you so much. when we come back, deal making in a post-fiscal cliff world. faber has an exclusive interview with the ceo of investment bank moelis and company. more in just a moment. >> announcer: the holiday season is here and that means lots and lots of photos with a certain someone. now you can display it in style with a picture frame signed by the entire "squawk on the street" gang. if you can guess friday's nonfarm jobs number it's all yours. tweet your guess and don't forget hash tag nail the number. you have to be at least 18 years of age to enter. sorry, kid. for all of the official rules and details, go to you have until 8:29 a.m. eastern this friday morning. good luck and say cheese. melons!!! oh yeah!! well that was uncalled for. folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico sure are happy. how happy, ronny? happier than gallagher at a farmers' market. get happy. get geico. chances are, you're not made of money, so don't overpay for motorcycle insurance. geico, see how much you could save. ♪ you can stay in and like som
will get solved. >> so you come in here every day rightfully so very concerned about this fiscal cliff. and we just have 20 days left. no reason to believe this is going to happen today or tomorrow or the next day. wall street seems to have priced in a deal already. so what happens if it doesn't? >> huge selloff. and that is a big risk. if washington doesn't follow through with what the betting money thinks, that they'll be fighting over the top rate, that they will be lowering the tax rate -- do you remember the b k bailout and it didn't pass? all of a sudden it was down 700 points and suddenly washington passed the bank bailout. a lot of people are saying the worst case a their dwro is another thing like that. but the market thinks no one is stupid enough not to figure out how to overt the fiscal cliff. and they think that they're in the stupid enough to be able to push this over for a long term over the cliff. and that's what they're hoping here. >> it's a hedge. >> it is, but i think you're seeing signs of progress. and sometimes in the silence i think you're seeing the signs of p
because in just a couple weeks the fiscal cliff is coming to town. merry cliffmas. if the parties here cannot agree to a budget deal by january 1st, automatic spending cuts will kick in and plunge america into a second recession. and things are not looking too good. >> democrats and republicans are blaming each other for the negotiations. >> who's going to blink first? >> who's going to blink first? >> the white house is daring republicans to blink. >> obama is daring republicans literally to blink. the joke's on him because i know some republicans who have had their eyelids surgically removed. >>> also, what caused former indiana senate candidate richard mourdock at first the likely winner in that race to end up losing to joe donnelly? you might well point to this moment from a mourdock/donnelly debate. >> i struggled with it myself for a long time but realized life is a gift from god. even when life begins in the horrible situation of rape it is something god intended to happen. >> mourdock's popularity plummeted after that. now he's trying to pay down campaign debt. guess who's gett
that in just a few short weeks, the fiscal cliff is coming to town ♪ merry cliffmas. and with a dramatic name like fiscal cliff, it's got to be exciting. jim? >> the president's asking for $1.6 trillion in revenue. >> $600 billion in tax hikes. >> entitlement reform. >> dividends and capital gains. >> discretionary spending. [ cheers and applause ] >> i'm up. what happened? is it over? [ bleep ] >>> good morning. it's wednesday, december 12th. look at that shot of new york city. >> wow. >> it's dark at 6:00 on the east coast. welcome to "morning joe." with us on set here in new york city, we have msnbc contributor, mike barnicle. >> in my ear, mika. >> no, he was at the white house. >> i don't understand. where's t.j.? >> he's off today. >> why's that? >> he was busy. he went to the white house. >> that's great. you know, alex went to the white house, too. >> and drove back himself. >> let me get this straight. so alex goes to the white house last night. >> mm-hmm. >> because, you know, right-wing bloggers, we actually -- that's how we get our talking points. they go down -- valerie and david
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stock picks coming up. one area of those fiscal cliff negotiations that is getting very little attention but could have a major ramification for you and your kids is the estate tax. we will drill down on the future of the inheritance tax. and the other side of google, the internet giant slashing bills -- stashes, i should say, billions in tax shelters to avoid paying taxes. is that fair play or is it absolutely outrageous? we'll talk about that at 1:00 p.m. eastern time. now back to scott and the fast money "halftime report." >> over the weekend johnny manziel made history as the first freshman to win the heisman trophy and with a great nickname to go along with his great story it would seem as though the sky is the limit for the kid they call johnny football. our brian shactman is live in new york city with the texas a&m qb. brian? >> they call him johnny heisman now, too. only the fifth player ever in college football to throw for more than 3,000 yards and run for at least 1,000. johnny, thanks for joining us. first of all, how you holding up? >> not bad. i'm enjoying all of this. just
shackman, with a look at what's coming up next. hey, brian. >> melissa, the fiscal cliff, does it have a relationship to free agency in baseball? we had to go all the way to nashville, tennessee, to find out. we'll share some of the details on that one when "fast money" comes right back. let's give thanks - for an idea. a grand idea called america. the idea that if you work hard, if you have a dream, if you work with your neighbors... you can do most anything. this led to other ideas like liberty and rock 'n' roll. to free markets, free enterprise, and free refills. it put a man on the moon and a phone in your pocket. our country's gone through a lot over the centuries and a half. but this idea isn't fragile. when times get tough, it rallies us as one. every day, more people believe in the american idea and when they do, the dream comes true. we're grateful to be a part of it. music is a universal language. but when i was in an accident... i was worried the health care system spoke a language all its own with unitedhealthcare, i got help that fit my life. information on my phone. conne
sands corporation ahead of any tax increases that come could come out of the fiscal cliff negotiations. >>> and finally, politico reports ashley judd is seriously considering a run for mitch mcconnell's senate seat in kentucky. judd has talked with new york senator gillibrand and a democrat being pollster. judd is honored at being considered. and that's your morning dish of scrambled politics. now a check of your national weather. we turn to bill karins. he has the weather channel forecast for you. which continues to be a little toasty. >> a little balmy. >> put the sunscreen on. nice. >> you probably needed it in some spots. so many stories of flowers and trees and green glass and lack of snow out there. but things have changed. this map shows you where it's gotten colder and warmer compared to this time yesterday. and you notice that chicago is much colder right now. you've returned back to normal winter conditions, while the eastern seaboard is even warmer this morning than it was yesterday. yesterday it was very warm. we are watching a few showers out there, too, but these temperat
.s. recession. that has come up. in part because of the fiscal cliff concerns. it was 19% back in march. a high of 36%. so we're halfway between the low and the high pretty much. this is a 13-month high for the probability of recession. now we want to show you what people are saying about the fiscal cliff, allowing the economy to go over the cliff would be extremely reckless, says donnelly. they're going out to try to help the unemployment rate. wall street doesn't believe it's going to happen. they do believe it will help lower mortgage rates and the unemployment rate and not a lot of help expected for the stock market. melissa? >> steve, thanks for that. that's interesting stuff there. >> nothing like getting your blood pressure up. liesman testing you live on tv. >> what do you think? wrong, wrong. brought back bad memories, huh, carl? 2013 housing market outlook this morning, according to the report there will be an increase in new residential construction activity, and also recovery in home repair and remodel spending next year. robert, some of the stats are staggering. it's not just an in
central to this. and if they can come to a deal, then i think we can avoid the fiscal cliff. >> and do you think that -- somebody put this idea out here. and this idea is really vile. i'll use the right word. i think you'll agree. here's the idea. let's go off the cliff, just for purely political reasons, nothing happens immediately, and then, you know, you all come back in session in early january, and you give the middle class a tax cut, and you give the wealthy a tax cut, they'll pay more than they're paying now but less than $39.6. is that possibly what both sides are angling to? >> you use the word vile and i'll echo that word. i think going over the cliff is a sdasster. i think social leaders negotiate the best deal they possibly can, and let's try and get this done. i would not be for playing a game of chicken, if you will, or trying to fool the american people who are pretty dad gum smart when it comes to these sorts of things. >> do you fear the right wing of your own party, a wing that says any revenue, as you heard jim demint say, no revenue, not part of the deal. do you think t
. >> 40 minutes past the hour. it's all quiet on capitol hill. when it comes to the looming fiscal cliff crisis that could be a good thing. in 21 days we go over that cliff and four days to get a deal done before they head to christmas break. drastic tax hikes and spending cuts loom. cnn political reporter shannon travis jones us live from washington. what are you hearing? >> well, we're hearing that the negotiations are continuing, zoraida. exactly what those negotiations contain, what's actually happening in them, we're unclear of. so we know that president obama and house speaker john boehner had that one-on-one meeting on sunday, it was their first since mid-november. discussions have continued but, again, very light on details. both sides yesterday put out statements from a public and then from the white house. very light on details. i'll read just one of them for you. quote, discussions with the white house are taking place but we have no detail to share about the substance of those conversations. the republican offer made last week remains the republican offer and we continue to w
will push back on president obama's demand for tax hikes on the rich when it comes to the fiscal cliff. but treasury secretary timothy geithner says the white house will not give in. >> no prospect to an agreement that doesn't involve those rates going up on the top 2% of the wealthiest americans. remember it's only 2%. >> geithner adds the obama administration is, quote, absolutely prepared to go off the cliff, if necessary. joining me now is van jones, cnn contributor and former obama administration official. good morning. >> god morning to you. >> so, van, i guess my first question that's eatsy for geithner to say, we're perfectly willing to go off the fiscal cliff. that means a tax hike on middle class americans and maybe some of them are thinking this morning i'm not really so happy geithner said that. >> it might have been inartful for him to say it the way he said it. i think he is making a very important point, which is that the american people did vote. they voted for the one thing the president said very clearly, which is that tax rates would go up on the wealthiest. it's an
's no progress to report. when it comes to the fiscal cliff that's threatening our economy and threatening jobs, the white house has wasted another week. >> welcome back to "hardball." that was speaker boehner's downbeat assessment of fiscal negotiations. he went on putting blame squarely on the president. let's listen. >> this president has adopted of a deliberate strategy to slow walk our economy right to the edge of the fiscal cliff. it's time for the president, if he's serious, to come back to us with a counteroffer. >> shortly after house ni mort leader nancy pelosi put the plame back on republicans. let's listen. >> the only obstacle standing in the way of middle income tax relief are the republicans unwillingness to ask the top 2% to pay their fair share. this is a moment of truth. the clock is ticking. christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, but in many homes across america it's very -- a very, very lean time. >> and today's jobs report showing 146,000 jobs added in november and unemployment dipping to 7.7% may give the president some leverage in negotiations with boehner. but wh
on a fiscal cliff deal. meanwhile, the president said he's confident republicans will cave on the tax increases. we'll discuss the fiscal cliff with our "morning joe" panel. >>> and now, mercifully, i need your help. are you with me on this one? the phrase fiscal cliff, i'm over it, time's up, date reached on the expiration, nails on the chalkboard annoying. can't we be a little more creative? this is where you come in. e-mail your alternative to the phrase "fiscal cliff," and i'll use the best one tomorrow on our show. we won't use fiscal cliff, i promise. so far, my best, budgetary bluff? yeah, the bar's been set very low. >>> up next, we'll huddle around the water cooler, where jon stewart stepped out of his comfort zone with an eminem-inspired rap for the michigan protesters. >>> well, enough with the real news. let's gather around the water cooler. and first, a little moment of silence. louis louis, who wouldn't miss a second of on-camera opportunity has been talking to the porcelain god all night. not sure why. we wish you the best, louis. see you tomorrow morning. >>> well, a d
report because there's no progress to report. when it comes to the fiscal cliff that's threatening our economy and threatening jobs, the white house has wasted another week. >> this is a moment of truth. the clock is ticking. christmas is coming. the goose is getting fat. but in many homes across america, it ee's a very, very l time. >> the goose is getting fat. haven't heard that before. that was speaker john boehner and house minority leader nancy pelosi. they're reacting to yesterday's jobs numbers and the looming fiscal cliff crisis with neither side eager to budge or make concessions. the big question, can they come to an agreement before time runs out or will they take huge risks by cliff diving on december 31st. congressman allison schwartz is a ranking member on the house budget committee which will of course play a crucial role in these fiscal cliff negotiations. she has come in for us on a saturday afternoon. we do appreciate your time. >> good to be here. >> thanks for being here. there's a possibility of some major changes to entitlement spending by the end of these fiscal
nowhere. this isn't a progress report because there is no progress to report. when it comes to the fiscal cliff that's threatening our economy and threatening jobs. the white house has wasted another week. >> one sign of optimism is when he was pressed by a reporter about tax rates, he seemed to leave the door open about some flexibility of negotiating with the white house. vice president biden said while rates have to go up it's negotiable what exact rate it is. whether it goes all the way up to the top rate to 39.6 like the clinton days. it seems like there is wiggle room on both sides. that may be where we get a deal if these two sides get together next week, shep. >> shepard: u.s. officials say the syrian regime has begun preparing for use a nerve gas, one that's capable of killing thousands of people. the question is is the syrian president bashar assad ready to unleash a chemical weapon on his own people. the latest analysis coming up. don't expect to start using your cell phones on airplanes. at least not yet. it could soon be okay to use your ipad, kindle and laptop takeoff and la
. >>> "outfront" next. just 26 days until the fiscal cliff, and a new idea is born. it comes from an unexpected source, howard dean. does the former vermont governor's plan add up? plus, a former u.s. navy sailor charged with attempted espy naj tonight. the alleged benefactor was russia. the war on drugs? have we lost it? let's go "outfront." good evening. a bright idea brought to us by the liberal former governor of vermont, howard dean. the man who brought us the scream heard round the world when he ran for president. yeah! >> dean says let's face it, america. taxes need to go up for everyone. now, this might not be what you expect from someone like howard dean. it's certainly not the president's position or the position of most americans. another new poll out today shows most people like the president's ideas of only raising taxes on other people, specifically the top 2%. individuals making over $200,000 a year or families making over $250,000 a year. the problem is according to the congressional research service, the math doesn't add up. that tax hike would give $678 billion in additional r
rock in new york city. >>> the effort to reach a deal on the fiscal cliff is now a two-man operation. president obama and speaker boehner. thank you. nobody else will be in the room. with 24 days before a year-end deadline, "the new york times" says boehner made the request to clear the negotiation room going forward, leaving it up to himself and the president to reach a deal to avoid automatic tax hikes and deep spending cuts. and while the two men may be negotiating privately, yesterday the president took his mess dwrooj the public, visiting a local virginia family as a part of his social media campaign. while sitting around the kitchen table, he told the family he felt optimistic. >> the message that i think we all want to send to members of congress is this is a solvable problem. the senate has already passed a bill that would make sure the middle class taxes do not go up next year by a single dime. just to be clear, i'm not going to sign any package that somehow prevents the top rate from going up for folks at the top 2%, but i do remain optimistic that we can get something done
've heard a million times, the end of the year, that's the fiscal cliff if we don't come up to a solution by then, we're going to sail off the fiscal cliff thelma and louise style. washington doesn't work like where everybody is in the hall and work it out. no, they're estimating if we're going to wind up with a deal that will go into effect on the first day of january, 201, they've got to hammer things out by this weekend. so this weekend is the fiscal cliff. >> gretchen: because it takes a while to write the bills. >> eric: and has to originate in the house and right now, john boehner and president obama are miles apart allegedly. it doesn't look like they're gotting any closer. so it's got to go to the house, then gets sent, assuming it passes, to the senate, gets marked up and has to be agreed upon in committees and conference and then eventually gets signed by the president. >> steve: it just takes time. >> eric: there is a holiday. >> gretchen: somebody who had to handle something similarly about a decade ago was rudy guiliani when he was mayor of new york city. he was faced with a
run for office. >> president obama is taking his fiscal cliff plan on the road to michigan. this is a key week for negotiations and it comes one day after the president met with john boehner. hallie jackson has the latest. why is this week so important? >> if there is a deal, both sides have to sell it to their respective sides soon. that is if they can come to a compromise. >> will lie except a tax compromise -- will i accept a tax compromoise? yes? >> i think that is the best route we can take. >> the trade-off for giving in on one of the biggest tradeoffs, the fiscal cliff negotiations. >> it is up to the republican leadership to say they will cool along with it and then we will start negotiating on the other side. >> some are not backing down, and neither is president obama. today he takes his case to detroit. he had a private talk with john boehner yesterday at the white house. all we know for sure is that the lines of communication are still open. >> i believe we can give businesses and families a sense of security going into the new year. >> the heart of these negoti
boehner met at the white house to discuss efforts to resolve the fiscal cliff, we're not reading out details of the communication, but the lines of communication remain open, end quote. this meeting comes as the white house and congress appear to be at at impasse, you know by now is crippling spending and tax hikes and could cost us jobs and send us back into recession and to solve the problem, republicans say we must prevent our ballooning national debt from crushing generations. and chief white house correspondent now ed henry joins us by phone with the latest on this breaking story, ed, they kept this under wraps. how big after deal is this? >> good evening, harris, there's not a deal yesterdt. but it's significant it's almost a month since speaker boehner and the president sat down at the white house. that's ever significance, there's been scattered phone calls and one plan the president put on the table, quickly rejected by the republicans and speaker boehner put a counter offer on the table and the white house dismissed that one so much so it's not really a real plan and that t
that extra half hour to work things off. we have a good show coming up today, mika? >> the fiscal cliff stuff, the one-on-one noexations are going well. "getting more serious." the fight about it all continues. how about right to work. thousands of people are expected to converge on the michigan state capital in lancing today, as part of a controversial union battle that is about to unfold. >> that is going if be fascinating. >> are we going to be serious? >> yes, yes. when in doubt, serious. >> asking you about pot or growing the economy? growing weed or the economy? >> republican lawmakers are trying to push through this. >> michigan is a heavily unionized state, why would it be going right to work? enormous downward pressure on american wages coming from companies all over the world that can make things cheaper here than else where. our wages are competitive in lot of ways. do you want fewer jobs at higher wages or more jobs at lower wages? what you see in this is a decision that we want more jobs. >> you look at the trend lines for michigan, detroit. i think that's a pretty easy. i mean,
, is the administration prepared to go over the fiscal cliff? >> oh, absolutely. again, there is no prospect to an agreement that doesn't involve those rates going up on the top 2% of the wealthiest. >> and that is the important phrase there, prepared to go off the cliff if there is no agreement on raising those rates. we're going to get to that in a minute. utah republican senator orrin hatch fired back and said, quote this, is one of the most stunning and irresponsible statements i've heard in some time. the american people want us to find a reasonable path forward not to rattle our sabers and play this dangerous game. of course, both sides are playing games. they are rattling their sabers. house members streamed out of the capitol and headed out of town wednesday after canceling today's session. they insist nothing will get done until the president makes a counteroffer to what they say is their full fledged proposal for monday. >> the revenues we're putting on the table are going to come from, guess who? the rich. there are ways to limit deductions, close loopholes, and have the same peop
. they're trying to hash out a deal before we go over the fiscal cliff. can they come to an agreement? >>> those australian deejays who pranked the hospital where du h duchess katherine was staying apparently speaking out after the nurse tried to commit suicide after she took the call. >>> and tuition based on your major. one state is considering doing just that, but is it fair. >>> a navy s.e.a.l. dies while helping rescue an american doctor held hostage by kidnappers. details on this gripping rescue straight ahead. >>> and california congresswoman judy chu will join us. congress people connie mack and mary mack, politics to the macks, get it? and adam lambert. all starting right now. you can come in, john. you just have to dance in. we've got the music going. our panelists this morning, congressman joseph crowley is with us. he's a democrat from the great state of new york. margaret hoover is with us, cnn political contributor. ron brownstein is the editorial director of "the national journal." john berman has made his way to his seat. >> no music. >> that's your music. i heard you
with a look at what's coming up on "starting point." >> we'll talk about the fiscal cliff, the president's demand wealthy americans pay more in taxes. is he willing to compromise with republicans? we'll talk to stephanie cutter the deputy campaign manager from the re-election campaign. also we'll talk to republican congressman from texas jim hensarling. a horrifying moment ends up on the cover of "the new york post." look at the picture of the man in the shot moments later who would be killed, crushed by that train. was "the post" wrong to publish this picture? teachers should they have to ta take tests before they practice teaching like doctors and lawyers? a recommendation in a new report from comes from the american federation of teachers. we'll talk about that with the president of that organization randy weingarten. >> passing the bar, like an attorney passes the bar, should teachers have to pass the bar. >> that's how they explain it. it is like a bar for teachers. >> see you soon. >> 27 days until we fall off the fiscal cliff and neither side seems any closer to coming to a deal.
in the eye and actually had a conversation. now that's a really big deal when it comes to the fiscal cliff crisis. because in just 22 days americans face severe tax hikes and spending cuts unless these two leaders can find a way to compromise. now neither side would discuss specifics about their conversation. but after yesterday's white house meeting, a spokesman for the president said "the lines of communication remain open." now that may be music to the ears of former white house chief of staff erskine bowles, one half of the bowles-simpson reduction duo. >> they started a tango now. you know, any time you got two guys in there tangoing, you have a chance to get it done. >> brianna keilar is live now from washington. we don't have a lot of details about what went on in that meeting. maybe if they're both not talking, that may be a good thing. >> that's right. in fact, we have almost absolutely no details. the things that really interesting, though, to observers here is the statement that came out from the white house and from the speaker's office. they're the same statement verbatim. the
to the fiscal cliff? the white house says it can happen. >> president obama and speaker boehner sit down at the white house. >> their first one on one in three weeks. >> the heavy lifting is going to have to happen this week. >> if this week goes bad -- >> this week is going to be a critical week. >> even if the speaker and president are cuddling in the lincoln bedroom -- >> i think everybody needs to cool their jets. >> that's not going to get us a deal. >> raising taxes will hurt the economy. >> your stuff stinks. we don't want it. >> if anybody out there who is, quote, rich doesn't think that their taxes go up, drink are on me. >> republicans are totally over the barrel. >> raising tax rates will hurt the economy. >> we'll push it all the way to the senate and then we'll lose. >>> with 22 days until we take that first step off the fiscal curb, president obama traveled to michigan to keep the pressure on republicans in congress. >> if congress doesn't act soon, meaning in the next few weeks, starting on january 1st, everybody's going to see their income taxes go up. it's true. y'all do
that might come with the fiscal cliff. smart move, robert? >> i think he is a cnbc viewer. he is taking the advice we gave a few weeks back. take the lump sum, pay a letter tax. he hired a financial planner and we are told web he put that money in bank to give himself time to develop a financial plan and not go crazy and spend it. i think he has been watching us and taking our advice. >> all right, robert. thank you very much. >>> should the inheritance tax be abolished? 61% say yes. the money should go to the recipient and not the gov. 5% say no. the government needs money right now. 34% say leave it at the current level. and of course, this is money probably already taxed. that's why it is such a hot topic. >> that is why it is such a hot topic. absolutely. >> let's talk about facebook. the stock continues it rise. julia boorstin is here with the reason why. >>> and pot smoking in a chris letter plant getting a lot of buzz on twitter this morning. phil, tell us about that. >> this is one of the stories where people are saying, are you kidding me? you can pretty much do anything and st
a symbol crash? what's coming up? >> kneel kashkari says it's not a fiscal cliff, it's a hill but he's buying stocks and has specific names and a deeper dive into the prospect of exporting natural gas, what happened to this manufacturing renaissance that cheap gas is supposed to provide in the united states. we'll get into the issue. >> we've not covered enough of europe. >> there is a possibility the italian government could fall. >> the "b" word, berlusconi, incredible. see you later. if you're just joining us here is what you missed earlier this morning. >> welcome to hour three of "squawk on the street." here is what's happening so far. >> a sound fiscal position is necessary to protect the economy. >> okay. >> if we don't do that, as this economy recovers, that recovery is going to be aborted and that's going to do damage. >> 370,000, a drop of 25,000, because the 393 originally released last week was upgraded a couple of thousand. >> people are truly perplexed about what the stock is, where it got to, what do you do with it. >> so you can come up with a million reasons. it's ma
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tonight and that storm will bring rain to new england tomorrow. >>> we have more on the fiscal cliff talks. >> reporter: it's 23 days since the fiscal cliff deadline. it's 23 days since they met face-to-face to talk about how to avert it. this was a surprised meeting. nobody spotted boehner coming or going. nobody is saying much beyond two statements. the wording here is identical ending with this, the lines of communication remain open. the two men last spoke by phone on wednesday. on friday mr. boehner said the white house wasted another week for potential compromise. we don't know what prompted this meeting. for a first time in a while the two sides are agreeing on something even if it's the wording of their statement an keeping fight lipped. >> thank you. in today's meetings, is it a sign we're close to a fiscal cliff deal. i asked the senior cnn analyst, david gergen. >> this week is a crucial week to see if they can get a break through. in fact, they are willing to sit down and they did it in private, and instead of the political theater we have seen in the last few weeks i think tha
's coming out of washington good or bad. >> rich, do you feel a resolution to the fiscal cliff would be bad for fwoeld? what are the levels you're watching? >> i think short term it would be bad for gold. you'd probably see the market drop and retest that 200-day moving average. i did a little impromptu jury on the way up here. out of ten guys everybody seems to be a little long. i think that's market sentiment. people have positions on. now we're waiting for the fed to make the cue to see if the market can continue higher. the line in the sand we've been talking about it for weeks, the 200-day moving average, also backed up by the 13-week low. around 1674. gold bugs, if you're long the market, stay long above that level. fit breaks tomorrow that could be it for a while for gold. >> okay. the longs are still out there in the market. now you know what our guys are thinking. the question is what about you? are you buying gold, bonds or stocks into the fed meeting? logon to vote in our poll. we'll give results on our website. that's where you'll find today's live streaming
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